COP28 calls to move away from fossil fuels

For the first time in nearly three decades, government ministers from as many as 200 countries approved a deal that calls on countries to move away from fossil fuels. Climate campaigners feel that the U.S. needs to lead the charge in shifting away from fossil fuels. The U.S. Energy Information Administration informed that American oil output hit an all-time high of 13.2 million barrels per day in September. Even as U.S. oil and gas production breaks records, it was felt that producers need to plan for a future of declining demand.

Civil society groups and scientists were disappointed by the COP28 call because:

  • There was an absence of an explicit call to phase out or phase down fossil fuels
  • A bloc of small island nations criticized the call as they felt it had loopholes.

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